For those who need a reminder that there’s no one out there quite like Richard Epstein, we present the newest episode of The Libertarian podcast: one in which Richard argues that the Supreme Court got its famous Second Amendment in decision in District of Columbia v. Heller wrong, but also that the gun control measures usually advocated for by the Left are essentially useless. This one will get people talking. Listen in below or by subscribing to The Libertarian through iTunes.More
In the first of a two-part series responding to Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States, Professor Epstein looks at the pontiff’s statements regarding the crisis in Syria, climate change, and — that old Epstein chestnut — creating markets for organ donations. Listen in below (or subscribe via iTunes) and come back next week for a full episode on Francis’ views on economics and the poor.More
Are members of the hedge fund crowd really just getting lucky by pushing paper around? Is the tax treatment of carried interest a national scandal? Is there a principled case for taxing capital gains at a different rate than ordinary income? And what’s the right approach to take towards comprehensive tax reform? Those are some of the questions I explore with Professor Epstein this week as we examine Donald Trump’s criticisms of financial elites. Listen in below or subscribe to The Libertarian podcast via iTunes.More
You’ve heard the Yoo-Coulter debate. Now it’s time for Professor Epstein to weigh in. On this week’s episode of The Libertarian podcast, Richard takes up the issue of whether the Fourteenth Amendment really does guarantee citizenship for children born in America to illegal immigrants, explores the broader development of the law around what it means to be an American citizen, and explains why this issue is forcing conservatives and liberals alike to embrace methods of constitutional interpretation they usually abhor.
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God help the poor souls, but once upon a time there were a number of individuals who had to teach Richard Epstein. In this unusually biographical episode of The Libertarian, Richard traces his intellectual formation, discussing the teachers, books, and thinkers that most shaped the classical liberal perspective for which he has become famous. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “How did this guy get this smart?” — Well, the answers lie within.
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You won’t want to miss this installment of The Libertarian podcast. Professor Epstein is on his A-game as we review the recent riots in Baltimore, discuss whether criminal charges were brought too hastily against the police involved in Freddie Gray’s death, work through Hillary Clinton’s critique of “the age of mass incarceration,” and ponder what both law enforcement and African-American political leaders can do to ratchet down the tensions. Listen in below or subscribe to The Libertarian through iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.More
In this week’s installment of The Libertarian podcast from the Hoover Institution, I talk with Professor Epstein about the ongoing debt crisis in Greece. How did they get there? Are Germany and other creditors running the risk of going too easy on Athens—or too hard? Is the collapse of Europe’s currency union only a matter of time? Those are among the questions we’re discussing. Listen in below or take us on your mobile device by subscribing with iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.More